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REMEMBER -- ENERGY EFFICIENCY DOESN'T TAKE A HOLIDAY

If you are going to be away from home for the holidays, or any other occasion for that matter, give your home's energy use a break as well.

Here's how to give energy a vacation:

  • Set your programmable thermostat on "hold" or the "vacation" setting.
  • If it is a regular thermostat, set it at a temperature that maintains a safe environment for the house -- think about pipes, house plants and pets.
  • Unplug computers, televisions, CD/DVD players, cordless phones, battery chargers and any other electronic gizmo that is using electricity even when not "in use."
  • Use timers to operate lights at night.
  • Set the refrigerator to a warmer setting, or even empty it completely if yours is an extended trip. Leave the door open to prevent mildew.
  • Turn the water heater down to the lowest setting; some have "vacation" settings.
  • Decide which clocks, heat tapes and security lights you can unplug.

 

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